The Nigeria team have arrived in Nairobi, Kenya ahead of their Davis Cup campaign, which begins on Wednesday, 11 September.
Emmanuel Sunday, the country’s No. 4, who competed at the African Games last month, alongside No. 9 Emmanuel Idoko and No. 22 Emmanuel Paul, will lead the country’s charge. The team will be captained by John Atiomo.
Nigeria will be competing in the Africa/Europe Zone Group III, and will look to edge other African nations in their bid to secure promotion to Group II next year.
All three players are making their debut at the event: Sunday, who made a run to the quarter-finals at this year’s CBN Open and also reached the round of the 16 at the African Games last month, will seek to build on his momentum, when the competition begins. Idoko has long since been a major threat on the national scene, likewise Paul, and both men will look to go in all guns blazing.
Nigeria will be making her 32nd appearance at the Davis Cup, having made her debut in 1974. The country’s best performances have been semifinal finishes in Africa/Europe Group I, in 1988 and 1989.
Last year, the team, competing in Group III, came close to securing promotion to Group II, but fell short in the promotional playoffs to Namibia, losing 2-1 in that tie.
This year’s event will hold on the outdoor claycourts of the Nairobi Club, in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-14 September.